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Local man arrested in connection with six burglaries

October 13, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A 15-month investigation concluded Thursday when the Marshall County Sheriff's Office booked a man charged with, among other things, six counts of burglary.

Capt. Chris Jones, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said DNA evidence ties John Sims Jr., 33, of Marshalltown, to a July 2011 burglary.

After the MPD brought Sims in for questioning in late August this year in connection to the burglary, he fled the state. Police obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered items ranging from jewelry to small electronics, connecting him to five other burglaries.

Jones said the July burglary at 112 Harmony Drive, where police obtained the DNA, was not the first in the slew of burglaries to which police have connected Sims.

"As the investigation continues, we are branching out from that date and looking at other burglaries," Jones said.

The exact value of the items recovered is still unknown.

Most recently, evidence connects Sims to a burglary only days before police questioned him. More charges may be forthcoming, Jones said.

Jones said the burglaries were to both homes and motor vehicles. Some of them took place while the residents were home. Several occurred on the south end of town.

"Most of the doors were unlocked," Jones said. "For the most part there were not overt signs of forced entry."

How Sims allegedly chose his victims is still unclear, and evidence does not point toward any particular pattern, he said.

Police in Duluth, Minn. arrested Sims Oct. 6. He was subsequently transported to Marshall County Jail where he is being held on $67,300.

Jones would not disclose where Sims lives, saying that he lives with family and police want to protect their privacy. Sims's family has cooperated fully with the MPD, he added.

Police have charged Sims with fifth-degree and second-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor and Class D felony, three counts of third-degree and three counts of second-degree burglary, Class D and C felonies respectively, possession of burglary tools, an aggravated misdemeanor, and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony.

MPD will continue the investigation.



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